Research & Development (R&D) Contracting

This course is available for On-Site Training only. We will bring this course to your agency or company.
Contact Don Dickson, On-Site Training Manager at (301) 455-5633 or


This class counts toward the FAC-COTR or FAC-P/PM Certification.

This training workshop is recommended for 24 Continuous Learning Points (CLPs) toward DAWIA, FAC-C and FAC-P/PM requirements. For information on fulfilling core, elective and continuous learning requirements, Click here to view OMB Policy Letter.

Course Description

This class is about the emerging trends in federal procurement research and development (R&D) processes. The course is structured to take you through the entire federal acquisition lifecycle from project budgeting to contract close-out with a focus on the challenges facing R&D procurements. This class is developed for contracting officers and project officers or their representatives, evaluation committee members and other technical or cost officials who have connections to R&D Work. A major learning aspect will be how to manage a “portfolio” of R&D contracts. The style and depth of this instruction can be useful for beginning or experienced procurement people whether in civilian or military agencies.

Major topics help participants

  • Learn the various alternatives to do R&D contracting
  • Know how to better define R&D requirements
  • Participate in teaming situations reflective to the actual emergence of R&D contracts
  • Understand the current trends and challenges to do better R&D contracting
  • Realize the connections and differences between R&D and services contracting
  • Raise ethical awareness in performing duties

Partial List of Take Aways

  • Have acquisition templates for easy use in doing R& D contracting
  • Using practical examples, find out more effective buying strategies
  • Know when to use R&D Contracting and when not
  • Have checklists to create a performance-based approach
  • Discover emerging R&D trends and how to incorporate them
  • Demonstrate means of using small business to advantage in doing R&D Contracting

Example Attendees Include

  • Program/Project Management Personnel
  • Contracting Officers
  • CORs and COTRs
  • Procurement Specialists/Analysts
  • Financial Managers

Course Highlights

  • List of spending traps to avoid
  • Practical exercises – learn by doing
  • All courses taught in our professionally equipped training center with ergonomic seating.